Twenty-five projects are celebrating after sharing £44,000 in the latest payout from our Community Dividend Fund.
Grants of between £100 and £5,000 are handed out every three months to a wide range of applicants.
The fund guarantees that at least one per cent of the Society’s trading profit is reinvested in local communities in a bid to help projects to thrive across its trading area of 16 counties from the Midlands to the east coast.
Grants were handed out to good causes in Northamptonshire, Derbyshire, Cambridgeshire, Leicestershire, Bedfordshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and the West Midlands.
Among the grants awarded were:
· Wells-next-the-Sea Men’s Shed has been awarded £2,000 to pay for a selection of tools that will allow the people that use the group to cut down on isolation and loneliness to take on more community projects.
· In the West Midlands, A total of £2,700 will be used by St Laurence Church Infant School, based in Northfield, to pay for new books and furniture for its library.
· A total of £2,000 was awarded to West Norfolk Riding for the Disabled to buy a new workshop that will house equipment that allows youngsters the chance to enjoy horse riding or carriage driving.
· In Leicestershire, St Joseph’s Catholic Voluntary Academy will use £5,000 to create seated areas across its play areas, new litter and recycling bins and some replacement play equipment.
· Sight Support Derbyshire has been awarded £2,522 for vital new computer equipment to help children and adults affected by sight loss from across the area.
Central England Co-operative Chief Executive Debbie Robinson said: “We are delighted that these great projects and good causes have been handed a grant for the fantastic work they do in the community.
“Community Dividend Fund grants like this showcase how by being a member and shopping at your local Central England Co-op store allows us as a Society to continue to invest and fund vital projects in the area.”
People can apply for funding by visiting https://communities.centralengland.coop/
Becoming a member of Central England Co-operative offers a whole host of benefits ranging from collecting points every time you spend in store to earn a share of the profits, access to members activities and community initiatives including the Community Dividend Fund, which hands out grants of up to £5,000 to charities and good causes across the Society’s trading estate.